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Pine tree pathway to Bonkgoksa temple
Korea

충남 아산의 봉곡사는 신라 진성여왕 원년(887년)에 도선국사가 세워 이름을 모연고찰이라 지었다고 알려져 있다. 그후 고려시대에 보조국사가 다시 중창하여 석암사(石巖寺)라 부르다가 조선 정조 18년(1794)년부터 봉곡사(鳳谷寺)라 부르기 시작했다고 한다. 그러나 사찰은 그리 오래되어 보이지는 않고 그리 크지도 않다.

봉곡사가 유명한 것은 봉곡사로 들어가는 진입로 때문이다. 약 1km 정도의 길로 아주 멋진 소나무숲 사이를 걷는 길이다. 수령이 족히 수백 년씩은 됨직한 오래된 소나무들이 울창한 숲을 이루고 있어, 소나무숲으로는 우리나라에서 다섯 손가락 안에 꼽힐 정도로 장관을 이루고 있다. 다만 이 소나무들에는 모두 V 자 형태의 홈이 파져있는데, 일제시대때 송진을 채취했던 흔적이다.

http://hyulimbook.co.kr/tourdb_03/9632 와 http://www.hani.co.kr/arti/culture/travel/26351.html 를 참고할 것

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Uploaded: 11/04/2010
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